Skarpsalling vase



The Skarpsalling vase is a terracotta vase more than 5200 years old. It was found in a Skarp Salling corridor tomb in the prairie of Oudrup Hede, northwest of Aars in Himmerland, Denmark. The ornamentation and the technical perfection of this container make it Apart from a slight brilliance it has come to us practically intact.

This vase has a height of. Its form and ornamentation make it possible to link it to the so-called Troldeberg phase, which marks the beginning of the era of the megaliths of the culture of funnel vases. The horizontally oriented decoration has a frieze alternating vertical patterns, surmounting a large hatched surface. The main motif is made of broad vertical stripes, bare but very clean, perfectly marrying the meridians. The ornamentation was carried out with the tip of a hull and a bird’s bones. Two large horizontal clips allowed to hang this vase. This vase was found during the summer of 1891 (that is, the same year as the Gundestrup cauldron) in a meadow. In 1892 he joined the collections of the National Museum of Denmark. The country to the south and south-east of Løgstør is one of the richest in Denmark’s corridor tombs. Almost all disappeared with the route of the roads and the arrival of the railway, between the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the. In 1935, a mound was found in the middle of the fir trees. It was originally long and high from 3 to 4 meters. It had at one of its ends a deep pit of 5 to 6 meters, which could be identified as the trace of a corridor hypogea 5 m long. Since 2009 the vase illustrates the 50 Danish kroner bills.

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